Saturday, 24 March 2012

Bulwell FC 1-0 Keyworth United (NSL Senior Division)

Bulwell FC were formed in 2006 and played their first two seasons in the Notts Amateur Alliance (NAA), winning the Premier Division title two seasons running. A promotion to Division 1 of the NSL followed and another league title followed as they won the division at the first attempt. Promotion was granted to the Senior Division but only after Basford United allowed them use of the main pitch at Greenwich Avenue as the other pitches did not meet the required standard of the Senior Division. This season they have been playing at nearby Nuthall using the Basil Russell Playing Field on Maple Drive.

From Nottingham Victoria bus station any Trent Barton Rainbow One (apart from Rapid) will drop you off at the Three Ponds Pub, Nuthall. From there cross over the road and go up Watnall road and after one hundred yards on your left you will see the home venue.

The pitch is roped off on three sides but open on the pavillion side. There are footpaths around three sides of the pitch but the side opposite the pavillion is adjacent to a cricket square.

Bulwell were wearing their Barcelona style kit and were the first team to have a goal scoring opportunity. On eleven minutes a shot was fired a foot over the bar from just inside the area. On twenty minutes, after the Bulwell defence had cleared a Keyworth cross into the area, a fine three man passing move led to Jay Knight scoring from the edge of the area. Connor Carter and John Manders were looking lively upfront for Bulwell but Manders deserved at least a yellow card when he went in with a two footed tackle, the referee just had a quiet word. A Keyworth forward broke free of the Bulwell defence close to half time, the home side appealed for offside in vain. Luckily for Bulwell the keeper was quickly out of his area to boot the ball clear.

Keyworth started brightly at the beginning of the second half. The right winger had a shot go a foot wide after a run into the area and a long range effort flew marginally over. The first half was controlled by Bulwell but Keyworth made a game of it in the second and always looked a threat.But the best two chances fell to Bulwell players. From a corner and goalmouth scramble Jay Knight tried a back heel that was cleared off the line and then close to full time a Bulwell cross was headed onto the bar and out for a goalkick.
FT 1-0

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